Europeans weathered Ice Age, Oyster costs £91 a week more than contactless and desperate mum burns bedbug cot

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Europeans weathered Ice Age, Oyster costs £91 a week more than contactless and desperate mum burns bedbug cot
7th November 2014

Humans survived Ice Age

A new study suggests the earliest Europeans weathered the Ice Age which froze the continent. 

The Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies at Cambridge have studied the DNA of a male hunter who lived in western Russia 36,000 years ago. 

Co-author of the study, Dr Marta Mirazón Lahr said: “For 30,000 years ice sheets came and went, at one point covering two-thirds of Europe. 

"But we now know that no new sets of genes are coming in: these changes in survival and cultural kit are overlaid on the same biological background."

Europe was first settled around 40,000 years ago, but ice began to cover much of the continent. It achieved peak coverage 27,000 years ago. 10,000 years ago, the ice melted rapidly, and populations from the south repopulated northern Europe.

It was previously suggested that the pioneer populations of 40,000 years ago may have gone extinct during the last Ice Age. 

On an Oyster? You could be paying £91 a week more than contactless payment 

The London Assembly Labour party has found passengers travelling on pay-as-you-go fares may be paying £91 a week more if they are using Oyster cards, compared to those using contactless payment. 

Transport for London have introduced weekly caps on contactless cards, but Oyster cards only have daily caps. 

The study found passengers travelling between zones four and seven in peak-time hours seven days a week, would pay £121.40 while those doing the same journey but using contactless payment would pay just £29.40 - a different of £91.80.  The saving for the journey Monday- Friday would be £68.60. 

London Assembly Member Val Shawcross said “Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that Oyster would always be the cheapest way to travel but that simply isn't true.

"When Boris Johnson launched contactless he could have chosen to add weekly caps to the Oyster card.”

However, Tfl’s Director of Customer Experience, Shashi Verma, said weekly capping on Oyster would come in “when the current technology can be updated."

She added: “If a customer uses contactless for a week within zones 4 to 7 they will get their fare capped at £29.40. If a customer buys a weekly Travelcard on their Oyster card for zones 4 to 7 they will also pay the same fare of £29.40."

Mother burns cot in home infested with bed bugs 

Mother Clare Knight felt she had to burn her daughter's cot to rid it of bed bugs. 

Her home in Mitcham, South West London, says the bugs have made life a "living nightmare" for the family-of-six in their pest-infested home.

Knight has been to see the doctor and has repeatedly asked for help in clearing the house of bugs. The house has already had exterminators in once, though it was ineffective. 


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